• Graham Police Department K-9 Supervisor Austin Lawrence and K-9 Officer Vader have been paired together since Vader joined the department in October 2017. Vader is trained to alert to five different narcotics and track people. (Contributed photo by GPD)

Stopping crime one sniff at a time

Officer Austin Lawrence and K-9 officer Vader patrol the streets of Graham

Scott Lawrence has been a police officer in Chicago for 25 years and now his son Austin, the Graham Police Department K-9 Supervisor is following in his footsteps. Lawrence has been with GPD for about four years and has been a K-9 handler for three.

“The K-9 handler position came up in the department and I at first was kind of hesitant about it because, I never really had big dogs in my life,” Lawrence said. “I talked it over with my wife and family and decided to give it a shot so I tried out for it. (…) I got it and they sent me down to Louisiana for four to six weeks and got certified to be a handler.”

Lawrence K-9 officer Marko, a seven year GPD veteran, until he passed away July 19, 2017 after medical issues, K-9 Officer Vader joined the force in October of 2017 to replace Marko and Lawrence has been working with him since.

For more from this story see the Saturday, Feb. 9 edition of The Graham Leader.

The Graham Leader

GRAHAM OFFICE
620 Oak Street
P.O. Box 600
Graham, Texas 76450
Phone: (940) 549-7800
Fax: (940) 549-4364